As we prepare for an amazing Sprosh week, we asked students, both former and current, to share some memories of their experience at Sprosh, as well as any advice they would have for incoming students on how to enjoy this coming week to the fullest. Arnold Luong, a former Carleton student, who graduated in 2018 with a degree in Marketing and Management, went to Sprosh each year of his undergraduate program, 5 years to be specific.
Arnold has many fond memories of his first Sprosh. One that stood out, he said, was getting to go white water rafting which was an activity back in his day. However, the one favourite memory he had was the opportunity to meet people from all parts of the city, province, country and even the world. Arnold met so many amazing people who became his lifelong friends, or one of his roommates for 3 years, classmates, group members, mentors, and even a Sprom (Sprott Prom) date in second year.
Recalling his managers, Vice President and President, Arnold described them as “amazing mentors to a lot of us who genuinely made sure we were put on the right track to having us succeed in our time at Sprott. I cannot thank them enough for taking their time have me feel welcomed and showing me and all of us what #SprottLove is all about.” One of his managers gave him the nickname “Cookie Monster” which he described as his second favorite memory of the week.
It didn’t just stop there. After Sprosh week, his managers and presidents still followed up to see how he was doing, introducing him to new opportunities and helped him ease into the university lifestyle. “I would never have been heavily involved as a Street Team member/Corporate Relations Manager with SBSS or a Vice President of Marketing with the Sprott Marketing Students' Association, Sprott Students' Management Association, and Sprott Supply Chain Management Association down the road as I got older had they did not introduced me to all the opportunities possible at Sprott and even with JDC Central or the Canadian Association of Business Students.” Arnold said.
Just for fun, I thought I'd ask Arnold for 4 tips he would give incoming students about the Sprosh experience. His 4 tips were:
1. Be prepared to lose your voice.
With all the constant cheering, your will most likely lose your voice for a few days after Sprosh. Don't forget to buy a pack of lozenges and drink lots of warm water or green tea, if your vocal chords are to survive Sprosh.
2. Don't be afraid to ask questions.
Whether it’s your Managers, Vice presidents or even your President, they are happy to answer any questions you may have about residence life, school, balancing work-life balance, getting involved, or even awesome places to grab some great food in the city, etc. Your facilitators were in your position before and they understand the transition you may be going through.
3. Attend the Clubs Expo
After Academic Orientation, don't forget to pop by the Clubs Expo. This is where you will find all clubs and societies, not just Sprott clubs, that are present at Carleton University. Feel free to explore the premise as there is a club for everyone, as we've got many clubs covering many areas. Whether your like online gaming, outdoor sports, acapella, there are endless opportunities for you to meet others who share the same interests as you and to meet others from across the campus.
4. Inquire about getting involved at Sprott
If you are looking to get involved in just Sprott, there is a boatload of opportunities available. Whether being a delegate for Sprott's JDC Central team, a Student Ambassador with the Sprott Ambassador Program or even an Intern type position on all the Sprott clubs, you can't go wrong with your choice. Feel free to ask to ask your Sprosh facilitator of how you can get involved as they would be happy to point you in the right direction.
When I asked him to sum it all up, Arnold said, “With all of the genuine charisma, Sprott love and of course the joyful/competitive cheering, I felt comfortable enough to release all of the excitement I had to be a part of such an amazing community that accepted who I was with open arms. Being a part of the Sprosh community, whether it was being an Intern, Manager or Board of Director, it's a great way to bring everyone together from all walks of life”